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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Maisy Goes to the City - Lucy Cousins

Released May 2011

Candlewick Press
Maisy Fun Club

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Maisy and Charley are off to the big city to visit their friend Dotty. This new adventure is full of firsts for the little white mouse. There will be noisy traffic, crowded sidewalks, and towering buildings.  There are also lots and lots of stores.

“Come and see the toy store,” Dotty says. “It’s huge!”  Once inside the store the three friends take the escalator to the second floor where they see  all sorts of cool toys.

Maisy buys a special gift for Dotty to thank her for being their hostess on this very special day. Then it is time for a bite to eat.  The friends share a pizza as they listen to a monkey play a guitar outside the cafĂ©.

When they are ready to go to Dotty’s apartment there is another surprise awaiting  Maisy and Charley. They are going to ride a subway! 

Finally, after a busy day, they sit in the apartment looking out the window at the city’s lights as it gets dark.  Maisy says to Dotty, “Thank you. It’s been a lovely day.”  Indeed it has!

Here’s a good book to introduce a youngster to life in the big city before the family sets forth on an excursion. In a non-threatening way the child will get an idea of some of the things the family will encounter so he or she won’t be too surprised or perhaps afraid of all the hustle and bustle.

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